New York's Unemployed Olympians

Unemployed New Yorkers beat the recession blues with the Payday piñata, Pin-the-Blame-on-the-Boss and the "You're Fired!" race.

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Howard Henson, an unemployed financial IT recruiter, tosses a phone during the Unemployment Olympics in New York, Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

Elia Roldan had just received a new lab coat with her name embroidered on the pocket. She worked as a dermatological assistant and although her doctor's office was struggling — fewer people are getting Botoxed these days — her boss assured her that everything was fine. But that was a month ago. Now she is at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park at 2 pm on a Tuesday, tossing an office telephone down a measured runway in the very first, and possibly only, Unemployment Olympics. "It's not like I have anywhere I have to be," she says, "I mean, not anymore." She is...

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